“I am optimistic that in February it is very likely that they will all be very effective and safe,” he said.
The billionaire Microsoft founder spoke to CNN on Friday, a day before more than 177,000 people tested positive for the virus, and about 1,400 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“We are still climbing up (in case) and that increase is expected to continue literally through February. And this is where you are likely to get over 2,000 deaths a day this winter period,”
He advised Americans to wear masks and be wise when it comes to public health.
“Ideally, people would say, ‘OK, because the medical tools are coming, we can double good behavior,'” he said. “You know, try not to let your family be the last dead in this pandemic, because you’re willing to go through it until spring, that’s when the vaccine really starts to cut in numbers. And of course change in the weather will also help us. . “
Getting a working vaccine for the people and getting a majority of people to take the vaccine will also be their own challenges. The logistics piece is “a bit confused” in the US, he said, but he was “hopeful” that these issues will be worked out.
“You want to be sure you are not wasting any of this vaccine, but in a slightly imperfect way, I think the logistics will be resolved,” he said. “I think there will be enough people jumping in early, that people will see even more evidence of safety, and that over time we will reach the 70% plus level that we need to stop the spread of disease.”
Personally, Gates’ own Thanksgiving holiday will have fewer family members than in a normal year.
“This is not a time when people want to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving the way they want,” he said. “I want to have a video connection with many of the family members on Thanksgiving Day, but not be with them to have turkey together.”